FLINT TWP. — Prizes, giveaways and product specials are being offered to the public throughout a grand opening event, Oct. 18-25, at the D.M. Burr showroom, 3449 Miller Rd.
The celebration kicked off last Thursday with a ribbon-cutting sponsored by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and catered by Famous Dave’s barbecue.
“We started back in 1998 and have had tremendous success over and above anything we have ever expected,” Burr said of the cleaning business he started with his wife Michelle as a means to double their $40,000 a year income.
The DM Burr Group, headquartered at 4252 Holiday Dr. in Flint Township, has grown to four major divisions and 11 different corporations that provide building maintenance, security, disaster restoration and mechanical (heating and cooling) services, Burr said.
From its modest beginnings as a mom and pop shop, DM Burr now employs more than 800 people and has facilities in Burton, Novi, Rockford and out of state.
The mechanical division, started about three years ago, is the smallest but has grown tremendously in the past six months since the company began devoting more revenues and advertising dollars to it, Burr said.
“We put this building here basically as an advertising, marketing showpiece,” he said of the highly visible blue and white showroom building on the main drag of the township’s retail district.
Competing against companies that have been around since the 1930s, Burr said the retail showroom, which sells a fullline Trane of heating and cooling products and Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, gives the business more daily visibility than its main headquarters tucked away in an industrial park off Bristol Road.
Burr also took the occasion to announce the expansion of its mechanical division with the recent acquisition of Fentonbased Sharps Heating & Cooling. Burr acquired the customer list and Lenox product line but not the actual Thompson Road building, he said.
The goal of retiring owner Mike Sharp, was to guide his customers to another Michigan-based family-owned and operated company, according to a press release.
Burr said he has other growth plans in the works but it is too soon to talk about them. He also said he has no plans to move his headquarters from Flint Township.
“Flint Township is a great home for us,” he said. “Every time we have built or rehabbed a building, they have been a tremendous help.”
“Hopefully we will be here another 40 to 50 years,” he said.
Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller attended the ribbon-cutting and added her praise of DM Burr for investing in the local community.